Making the Most of Life

I know this is a Fun Source Rentals Party Blog (www.funsourceinc.com), but I feel I must repost this content that I found on David Feddes blog at www.backtogodradio.com  In the party rental industry we see so many people trying so hard to have a good time and forget about the troubles of life. I myself am guilty of this… always looking at the next big thing, starting Monday already dreaming of Saturday. Yep!!! I am guilty of this… maybe you are to. Maybe you are unsatisfied with your job, marriage, kids, physical condition, financial status and the list goes on and on…. I recently read this blog post  and although it’s not party related, it touched my soul and made me evaluate my attitude. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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There’s an old saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.“ Why is that? Why does it look so much more appealing to be in some other situation than the one you’re in? Well, the answer is simple. The grass is greener on the other side of the fence because the grass on the other side of the fence isn’t grass at all; it’s artificial turf. It looks greener than green, but it’s not real. It’s fake. A cow that leaves its grassy pasture for that greener—than—green carpet across the fence will end up with a mouthful of plastic and a big bellyache. One of the surest ways to miss out on happiness is to be so busy looking across the fence at unreal fantasies that you never enjoy what’s right under your nose.

 For some of us, the other side of the fence is the future. We’re waiting for some future event to make us happy. If you’re a student, you tell yourself, “Life isn’t much fun right now, but once I graduate and spread my wings, then I’ll be happy.“ Once you finish school, you say, “I’m not very happy yet—but I will be if only I meet the right person and fall in love.“ Once you’re married, you say, “I’m not happy, but I will be once I get a better job and a nicer house.“ Once you have the house and the job, you say, “I’m too busy to really enjoy life, but once the kids move out and I retire, I’ll relax and have a good time and enjoy life.“ And once you retire, you find that the green grass of the golf course isn’t enough to make you truly happy. Eventually health problems come. You’re not as young as you once were. You don’t have as much energy, and various ailments of old age start to hit you. You find yourself going to more and more funerals of friends and relatives. You find that you’re no longer waiting for some future change to make you happy.

 Instead, you start looking back. When you get old, the other side of the fence with all the green grass is the past. You look back to the good old days: “If only I could be young again! If only I had all that excitement and energy! If only I could go back to those carefree school days when life was so much simpler! If only I could have that thrill of first love all over again! If only the children were small again—they were so cute back then! If only I could have a job instead of being retired and useless!“ And so it goes. We spend much of life longing for a future that won’t make us as happy as we think, and we spend the rest of our life longing for a past that wasn’t as happy as we now imagine it was.

 Instead of always looking ahead or looking back, try looking up! Focus on God. Trust him. Stop looking at the grass on the other side of the fence, whether it’s the past or the future. You can’t find satisfaction chewing artificial turf. Get real. Learn to make the most of life by looking to the Lord Jesus and trusting him as your good shepherd. Listen to the famous words of Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.“

 Without the Lord Jesus as your shepherd, you won’t find satisfaction in his green pastures. That’s the main point of the Bible book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes shows again and again that unless God fills us, we’re bound to be restless and empty. It tells how even the rich and powerful, people who achieve much and party hearty, come up empty if they do it without a vibrant connection with God. The final part of Ecclesiastes is an appeal to relish life as God’s gift and to base everything on a relationship to the Lord.

 Life is a precious gift. Ecclesiastes 11:7—8 says, “Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all.“ So be positive! Don’t waste your life worrying: “What if my grades aren’t good enough? What if I can’t find a good job? What if I can’t find the right person to marry?“ What if, what if, what if! What if you stopped worrying over all those what ifs? What if you simply notice how sweet and pleasant life can be and decide to enjoy each moment of life as God’s gift?

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